CLIMB TO THE TOP OF AFRICA HIGHT MOUNTAIN TOP WITH OUR MOUNT TOUBKAL WINTER WEEKEND. 

Discover the stunning landscape of the Berber people as you trek through the high Atlas Mountains. This trek is an Ideal for those looking for a new challenge or looking for a winter long weekend away. You gain an insight into how these amazing people live and their traditions as well climb an amazing mountain and incredible scenery 

WHAT’S THIS TREK ALL ABOUT THEN?

The high atlas mountains in North Africa are to simply put it… STUNNING, A long mountain range that separates the Atlantic Coast with the Sahara desert. There are a number of 4000-meter peaks, the Highest being Jebel Toubkal at 4067 meters the whole area has a real alpine feel to it. The High Atlas mountains are very accessible from the UK, Indeed I can arrive at the base of some of them quicker than we can get to some part of Scotland.

The whole aim of the weekend is to ascend Mont Toubkal in the winter, immerse ourselves in the traditional Berber and Moroccan culture and most importantly have an amazing experience.

MOUNTAIN TOUBKAL WINTER WEEKEND TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Arrival

Arrive at Marrakesh where you will be meet by a Mountain Adventure representative and transferred to our hotel in the centre. Depending on your arrival time there is the opportunity to go explore the markets, cafes and the local areas. Once everyone has arrived and settled you will receive a briefing from the leader before heading for a traditional evening meal.

Meals included: None 

Accommodation: Gete Marrakesh or similar 

DAY 2 – Marrakesh transfer to Imili then an afternoon walk to Toubkal Base Camp.

After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive south out of the city. Almost immediately and directly ahead we’ll see the high peaks of the Atlas Mountains and on reaching Asni, we leave the main road and climb into the foothills of the mountains. Our transfer follows the picturesque Mizan Valley as far as the small settlement of Imlil where we meet our trekking team. From Imlil, we follow the trail that gradually climbs past the Shine of Sidi Chamharouch (2310m)  from here is a steady climb up to the hut where we may need to put crampons and get our axes out. 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation: Les Muflons hut or similar 

DAY 3 – Mount Toubkal ascent – Return to the hut for lunch and then on to Arroumd

This is it today climb Mount Toubkal- North Africa’s highest peak. After an early breakfast, we set off in the dark up the zigzag trail above the hut. As we continue up the trail the views will have come more and more impressive as we watch the sun slowly creeping up over the mountain tops before we know it we are standing on the summit – we’ve done it.

There is plenty of time to take in the breathtaking views and of course the all-important summit picture. From the summit we will head back down the way we came back to hut where we will relax and have lunch before starting the walk back down the valley to Ammound . It is an extremely long day but is very rewarding. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation: Hotel Gossimer or Similar 

DAY 4 – walk to Imli – return to Marrakesh afternoon city tour 

A short walk to Imli where we will be transferred to the hotel in Marrakesh. Where you have the chance to learn about the history of this amazing city and see some of the hidden gems of the city. Your have some time to explore the souks and get those bargains in and see the snake charmers. It is Mountain Adventure Lake District tradition to have a post-expedition meal in a local restaurant. 

Meals included: breakfast 

Accommodation: Hotel Marrakesh or similar 

DAY 5 – Fly home

A single timed transfer to the airport will leave around 9 am.  

Meals included: breakfast 

BOOKING DETAILS

The trip price is inclusive of accommodation, transfers and a fully supported ground crew on the trek. All our ground crew are local guides who have grown up in the area and have a wealth of knowledge and experience that will give you the full Moroccan experience. You also have on your trek a UK leader who will accompany you on the trek. 

Our Mount Toubkal Winter weekend Morocco Departure dates are:

  • 4th December – 8th Demeber 2019 – 7 Spaces – £550
  • 2nd January – 6th January 2020 – 10 Spaces – £550
  • 23rd January – 27th January 2020 – 8 Spaces – £550
  • 6th February – 10th February 2020 – 10 Spaces – £550
  • 20th February – 24th February 2020 – 10 Spaces – £550

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need any previous experience?

Ideally, you’ll have walked in the UK or overseas before but no prior experience is required. We will be affected by the altitude as well as the weather but we will discuss how to manage that prior to the trek. Walking in the mountains can be very physically demanding so all we ask is that you have good level fitness.

What equipment do I need?

This is a winter walking trip so there will be a requirement for Ice axe and crampons. We can hire these out at a cost of £50 per item. You will also need B2 or B3 boots that fit well. Once we received your booking you will be sent an extensive packing list of items that we recommend you bring. 

Where do we meet?

Please do not book your flights until your place has been confirmed. We will send you details of the flights that we are on and hopefully you can book around that, Ideally, we will all meet at central airport travel together. However, if you decide to choose a different airport we ask that you try to arrive around the same time.

Whats included in the price?

  • Myself and one other qualified instructor
  • All accommodation whilst in the country
  • Mules / Porters to carry our kit to and from base camp
  • All food except for the evening meals in Marrakesh
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transport whilst in Morocco

What’s not Included in the price?

  • Flights
  • Visa ( no cost )
  • Personal and equipment insurance
  • Food and drink in addition to the above
  • Tip for the guides, Porters and chefs – £25 per person

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